Mining and Municipal Minister KT Rama Rao today said that manufacture sand plants will be allotted to Vaddera Societies and societies formed with SC and ST youth very soon. The minister said that a meeting in this regard will be conducted with collectors and SPs.
He conducted a review meeting on sand mining and instructed the officials concerned to prepare an action plan for sand mining for next year. SC and ST youth will get priority in allocation of manufacture sand plants that enable them get employment locally. Vaddera youth known for traditionally involving in sand mining will be given priority, he said. Since manufacture sand is being mined instead of natural sand there is a need for promotion and use of it, he felt. The officials were instructed to draft a plan for the use of manufacture sand for government projects and private ones.
For some time now the use of stone crushers cost dear to the Vadderas to eke out their livelihood and the manufacture sand plants will help them get employment, the minister said. Also the government will offer training and necessary support to the SC and ST youths if they come forward for taking up manufacture sand plants in the state. The government is for providing employment opportunities to youth in several fields. For this it is being planned to extend training and loans to the SC, ST youth through sub plans and ensure employment KTR said. Stating that estimates be prepared for sand requirements and demand, he asked for plan for supplying the stocks to projects and housing construction.
The minister also instructed the officials to mapping related sand resources locally and state level for promoting the plan for manufacture sand plants across the state. He asked mining, revenue and police departments to take serious steps against the irregularities in sand mining and gave nod for guidelines to encourage better performing staff. The officials informed that 517 non working mining leases have been cancelled. A meeting on Bayyaram steel plant proposal will be conducted with Singareni and NMDC officials.(NSS)